Part of a pretty sunset above the Portland Exposition Building. The "Expo" will be celebrating it's 100th birthday in 2015.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
A patch of dark purple/violet tulips along the Western Promenade:
In other news, Kate McCarty of the Blueberry Files blog recently release her first book, "Portland Food: The Culinary Capital of Maine." Stop by Sherman's Books (49 Exchange Street) tomorrow from 1-3pm for a special book launch event. If you'd like a chance at winning a copy of the book (which features a couple of my photos inside!), I happen to be giving away a copy here. Be sure to enter the giveaway by midnight on Sunday.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
These two homes, conveniently located next to one another on Chadwick Street, always catch my eye when I am strolling around the West End. Maybe it's because they add a bit of whimsy to the otherwise serious-looking brick mansions that surround them.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
I got around to trying a long-ish exposure of some flowing water a few weekends ago at Presumpscot Falls. This would have been more impressive if I had a tripod and a neutral density filter on me but I am pretty happy with what I captured.
And here's a photo of a footbridge along a nearby path:
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Time again for a new entry in my somewhat regular "Under Construction" series which highlights the notable new development around the peninsula.
First up is the newly opened Courtyard Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront located at 321 Commercial Street. This one is especially noteworthy for me as it features gigantic versions of two of my photos inside. The first one is pictured below in the front lobby.
And the fitness room has an inspirational photo collage from the 2012 Trail to Ale race which benefits Portland Trails:
Here's the exterior of the Courtyard Marriott. I think the other end of the building has a first floor space for a restaurant to move in as well.
I posted some closer-up shots recently, so here's a further-away shot of the new Hyatt Place Hotel at 433 Fore Street which opened last week:
A stroll up the Hill will lead you to the new 118 on Munjoy Hill project, a great looking infill building. There was previously a one-story office building with a street-facing parking lot here. The new building features 12 luxury condos and ground floor retail space.
Meanwhile in the West End, the corner of Pine and Brackett Streets (most recently home a parking lot and vacant house) will be home to West End Place. The place will feature 39 luxury apartments and ground floor retail.
And heading back East, we have 409 Cumberland Avenue, an Avesta Housing project that will offer 46 "affordable apartments" and 11 "market-rate apartments."
Last, but not least, Munjoy Heights is rising on the slope of Munjoy Hill near Walnut Street and will feature 29 luxury townhomes with pretty nice views of downtown and Back Cove.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The corner of Fore and Union Streets in the Old Port, next to the very recently opened Hyatt Place Hotel.
A neat detail of the hotel that isn't visible from the street is the lighting around the top of the structure. The lighting also appears on the front of the building and is visible from quite a distance (when crossing the Casco Bay Bridge for instance).
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Rippleffect is a local organization whose mission is to "promote youth development and leadership through adventure, healthy communities and living sustainably." Today they held a unique fundraiser called Rappel for Ripple, which involved a unique way to get from the top of One City Center to the ground floor.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
A pedestrian in Congress Square on a rainy day last weekend. I think the hat is what caught my eye:
And for those of you who don't follow me elsewhere, check out one of my photos in an ad for Visit Portland, the local convention & visitors bureau. This particular ad is in the May 2014 Down East magazine.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
I took advantage of the free tours of the new Nova Star cruise ship earlier today. The tours were limited to one deck, but it was still neat to get a unique view of the surrounding area and to see all the amenities onboard. Here is a view from one of the dining rooms:
And from the entry to the vessel I got a nice view of the French ship "Fulmar" that is currently visiting us:
Friday, May 9, 2014
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The old postcard picture is via user Peter1946 at the Portland, Maine History 1786 to Present Facebook page:
The Portland area used to have a pretty thorough streetcar network. You can check out an interesting presentation on the topic here, which includes maps, timetables, and lots of old photos.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Today was the first "Sundays on the Boulevard" event of 2014. You can read about this initiative in detail over here. To summarize, every Sunday this summer the section of Baxter Boulevard from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue is closed to cars from 9am-4pm. It was nice to see a lot of people out and about enjoying the street for various outdoor activities as I pedaled by. Pictured below are two cyclists.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
In case you haven't heard the news yet, the new PortlandMaine.Gov website launched yesterday and features a few of my photos. As stated in the official press release, stop by the front steps of City Hall today (it's First Friday) from 5-8pm for tours of the features of the new site, as well as to see a dozen or so of my photos hanging up. I'll be there signing autographs and shaking hands.